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The Denny Cabin
The Denny Cabin
David Denny was part of the original party that settled Seattle in 1851. This monograph tells his story including his construction of the Denny Cabin in 1889 for use as a real estate office to promote the sale of land at the foot of Queen Anne Hill, including the land that now makes up the Seattle Center and surrounding land. The 93 page monograph also tells why the Denny Cabin ended up in Federal Way and describes the restoration work accomplished by the Historical Society of Federal Way. Read More About Denny Cabin »


The Baker Cabin
The Barker Cabin
This 65 page article provides a history of the oldest original structure in Federal Way. This homestead cabin was built in 1883 by John Barker. Barker lived in this cabin with his wife and three children for seven years. Once called the "Ivied Cottage" because it was draped with ivy, the Barker Cabin is the oldest original structure in the Federal Way area. The Historical Society of Federal Way has restored the historic Barker Cabin for public display at the entrance to West Hylebos Wetlands Park on South 348th Street and Fourth Avenue South in Federal Way, Washington. Read More About Barker Cabin »


New Position Available

The Historical Society has just begun the process of seeking qualified candidates to fill the newly created part-time position of Development and Activities Coordinator. If you or someone you know may be interested in applying for the position, please email us at contactus@federalwayhistory.org and we will provide additional information.


Visit us at the Library

The Historical Society of Federal Way currently has an information table at the Federal Way Library now that the cabins are closed for the season. We will be there from 12:00pm to 3:00pm on the following Saturdays. Come find out more about Federal Way history! February 13, 2016; March 12, 2016 and April 9, 2016.

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